Sivananda yoga classes in Brussels & online

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Practice yoga at home with this video

If for some reason you can’t go to a yoga class, find hereby a full Sivananda hatha yoga class including beginning & final prayers. Enjoy & bookmark!

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Prenatal yoga certificate obtained

In February I spent a prolonged weekend with a bunch of wonderful yoginis and Carla Anselm from Open Sky Yoga Center (USA) to learn about prenatal and postpartum yoga. We had a wonderful time, Carla is very entertaining and knowledgeable. It was an intense 3 days mini TTC.

prenatal yoga certificate

Prenatal yoga certificate

After the training we were supposed to do quite some homework, that I did bit by bit and finally handed in last month ! And yesterday the certificate and Carla’s feedback came in the mail ! It truly made my day.

I’ve been applying the teachings to my classes which held several pregnant students and it’s simply great to be able to offer them the guidance they need in that sacred special time of their lives. I even taught a couple of online (Skype) classes to my BFF who’s living in a different country.

All in all, it’s such valuable knowledge and I’m very grateful to my wonderful teacher for her guidance. Obviously this is only the beginning and I’m striving to take many more courses and learn from my students to be able to develop myself continuously.


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A new yoga studio (RLY) opened its doors in Brussels

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 16.23.48It’s great to see that Brussels has another yoga studio. When I first started practicing yoga there was maybe 1 or 2 studio’s, nowadays there are at least a dozen. That’s wonderful news, especially in the current state of affairs, Brussels (the world) needs more positive energy and yogins.

Yesterday (despite the terrorist lock down madness here), I made it to the first class of the Radiant Light Yoga Brussels studio. It was a lovely, gentle kundalini class with some meditation, just what I needed on the cold and rainy Sunday. The owner and teacher Kristen MacPherson has another RLY studio in Antwerp.

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 16.59.26As from today, there are daily classes (kundalini, yin, gentle hatha, prenatal, …) and workshops.

Practical info
RLY on Facebook – Website
Address: Rue Saint-Quentin 36-38, 1000 Brussels.

Another great blog on Yoga in Brussel can be found here.

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Yin Yoga certificate obtained

Better late than never, I’ve received my Yin Yoga certificate after completing the 80 hours Yin Yoga & Mindfulness TTC with the wonderful Sarah & Ty Powers in France in 2014. Thanks to this TTC I’ve been able to incorporate the poses and teachings in my regular yoga classes and notice that students love the deeper poses despite the obvious physical and mental blockages that sometimes hinder them with this practice. It’s about letting go and going deeper inside to release blocked energy from the meridians, organs and nadis and stretch the connective tissues.

“The Yin practice is an inward practice of receptivity that targets the regeneration of the Yin tissues through a passive static practice.”

Find more information about Insight Yoga Institute, Sarah & Ty Powers and Yin Yoga online.

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Yoga family class in Brussels (in French)

Yoga family

My colleague and yoga teacher Isabel organises, among others, yoga classes for parents and kids (aged 3-8 years). Join her for a creative and fun as well as relaxing session with your kid(s) in Schaerbeek (Brussels). The class is given in French.

Next session: Wednesday 9

December 2015 from 2-3PM.

Location: “Maison des femmes”, Rue Josaphat 253, 1030 Schaerbeek.

Price: 15€ for one parent and one child; 25€ for one parent and two children.

Reservation/ booking: e-mail


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Kale risotto Ⓥ

Kale is in season again, yes! I wanted to make risotto and the recipe called for some type of grean beans that I didn’t have. But I did have kale 🙂 So I adapted the recipe by one of my favorite bloggers and cookbook writers: Marie Laforêt and made a delicious kale risotto. I used more cream than the original recipe asked for.

Risotto 1Ingredients (3 portions)

  • 4 to 5 leaves of kale
  • 200 g risotto rice (Arborio)
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (or 1-2 garlic cloves)
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 l of warm/ hot vegetable stock
  • 80 ml dry white wine
  • 2 tsp cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp tamari or shoyu sauce
  • 4 tbsp soy or another plant based cream
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh parsley (optional)

Risotto 2Preparation

  1. Wash and dry the kale, cut the leaves from the stems (discard the stems or use them in your slow juicer), cut the leaves into small slices.
  2. Wash the parsley.
  3. Peel and cut the scallion.
  4. Peel and press the garlic.
  5. Wash and rinse the rice.
  6. Prepare the vegetable stock.
  7. Heat the olive oil in a wok or big frying pan, add the sliced kale and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the scallion and asafoetida (or garlic) to the kale and fry some more until the scallion is golden.
  9. Add the rice, fry for at least 5 minutes or until the rice is translucent.
  10. Add the wine and stir until it’s dissolved.
  11. Add the vegetable stock spoon by spoon until completely absorbed in the risotto (takes about 15-20 minutes) while frequently stirring.
  12. Add the cashew butter, tamari sauce and plant based cream until your risotto has it’s desired consistency.
  13. Add parsley, salt & pepper to taste (not much salt is needed as the stock and the soy sauce will add salt).

Serve with a serving of (homemade) vegan Parmesan.

Inspired by Marie Laforet’s VEGAN cookbook


Offer yourself a healthy lifestyle with a Jazz Max juicer

JAZZ MAXSeasons are changing and the temperature is going down , more and more people are catching colds. We all need to nourish ourselves well to protect against viruses and colds. This includes eating at least the 5 suggested portions of fruits and vegetables every day. But it would be even better to take more than that (preferably organic produce). This is especially valid for kids, pregnant ladies and elderly people who might have a more fragile immune system.

There’s an easy solution to obtain your daily dose of vegetables & fruits: juicing

Actually, 800 grams of fresh vegetables would be the ideal daily quantity, and only one glass of you fresh juice already gives you 250 grams worth of vegetables. When you juice, you hydrate, mineralize and detoxify your organism. It’s the easy way (back) to health. Vegetable juice is very easy on the digestive system, as the fibers have been taken out; nutrients are transported directly to your cells. So especially if you are tired or stressed and don’t have a lot of time, then juicing is the answer for you!

So what more do you need to know? Invest in your health and buy yourself the best gift ever: a juicer. I highly recommend the JazzMax slowjuicer that I use myself and that I also sell as a distributor for the brand. This juicer preserves a maximum of nutrients as it slowly extracts the juice from the fibers; the remaining pulp is very dry. You can store your juice in a Mason jar or glass bottle in the fridge and it should keep for 48 hours (however, I still drink it after 4 days sometimes). Besides making juice, your JazzMax juicer also makes: pesto, sorbet , vegetable spreads, humus, seed & nut butter & oils, tapenade. Some of my favorite recipes: kale pesto, parsley pesto, juices. So besides being able to make so much great food and drinks with your juicer, you’ll be saving lots of money on buying juices on the go.

  • Feel free Contact me for more information or a demonstration.

Quotes from a customer:
Valeriya: “The JazzMax is much more than I expected. For example, I didn’t expect that the pulp could be used in various dishes. And when my blender doesn’t work for a certain preparation, I use the JazzMax as it’s so powerful in making tapenade and vegetables spreads. It has literally changed my life, I eat so much more vegetables, I also make curries and cookies from the pulp. When juicing, I’m already on a healthy vibe, so it’s a kind of meditation. Even my dog loves the vegetable pulp (not the ginger).